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Friday, April 30, 2021

Join an online book group reading my northeast saga novels


Would you like to join an online book group who are reading my novels? 

Email: rokerlifeproject@gmail.com and all details are in the picture above, just click on the picture to enlarge it so that you can read it properly.    
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Glenda Young
Author of Sagas & Cosy Crime novels, published by Headline



Twitter: @Flaming_Nora
Facebook: GlendaYoungAuthor


Community, reviews and sewing it up - my writing week


The best kind of post arrived this week, my author copies of the hardback version of my next northeast saga, The Miner's Lass. It's out in hardback, ebook and audiobook on May 11th and you can order it here.  I send my author copies of the book to friends and family who I know would like one, and I also gift them to those who have helped me with research. It's a cracker of a book!


I was very touched and moved this week to see one of the creative embroidery designs inspired by one of my books.  A local book club have been reading my northeast saga novels. They're currently reading The Paper Mill Girl and as well as the book club, have started a sewing group which meets online.  

The sewing group is called United Together Book Club Sewing Group. The image below shows a design by Anita Byron-Foster of the group, it's Ruth, Edie & Jane on the cliffs at Hendon beach.  (Shared with permission). I absolutely adore it! 


My northeast saga The Paper Mill Girl was given a glowing review in Living North magazine, which made me feel really chuffed. Thank you!
 

My novels were given a gorgeous, full-page advertisement in my local SR6 community magazine this week. I'm very happy with the way it looks and the people at SR6 magazine have been very supportive too.


Writing wise, I wrote the first 8,000 words of my second cosy crime set in Scarborough.  I'm off to a flying start and aim (hope!) to complete the first draft by mid July.

This week I renewed my membership of the Romantic Novelists' Association. My novels aren't romance books, the focus is always on the adventures of the determined young women at their core. But yes, romance might make its way into the story, although not too much, my novels are anything but soppy!


My novels had a really lovely little mention in my local newspaper, The Sunderland Echo, from the couple who run my local convenience store. You can read the full article here.
I crafted another episode of my weekly soap opera Riverside for The People's Friend magazine. I've been writing Riverside weekly since 2016 and you can find out all about it here.


I also kept the Coronation Street Blog ticking over with news and editing the team of 16 bloggers. 


See you next week!
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Glenda Young
Author of Sagas & Cosy Crime novels, published by Headline



Twitter: @Flaming_Nora
Facebook: GlendaYoungAuthor

Wednesday, April 28, 2021

The Paper Mill girl inspires local sewing group



A local book club have been reading my northeast saga novels. 

They're now reading The Paper Mill Girl and as well as the book club, have started a sewing group up too.

The sewing group is called United Together Book Club Sewing Group  and they are creating designs inspired by The Paper Mill Girl. 

The image above shows a design by Anita Byron-Foster of the group, it's Ruth, Edie & Jane on the cliffs at Hendon beach.  (Shared with permission).

I absolutely adore it! 

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Glenda Young
Author of Sagas & Cosy Crime novels, published by Headline



Twitter: @Flaming_Nora
Facebook: GlendaYoungAuthor

Tuesday, April 27, 2021

The Paper MIll Girl in Living North magazine



My northeast saga The Paper Mill Girl has been given a glowing review in this month's Living North magazine.  

Really made me happy to read this! Thank you.

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Glenda Young
Author of Sagas & Cosy Crime novels, published by Headline



Twitter: @Flaming_Nora
Facebook: GlendaYoungAuthor


Friday, April 23, 2021

Bestseller, cover reveal, libraries and Elvis - my writing week


I still can't quite believe this, but there it is below, in black and white (and pink and yellow, courtesy of me!).  This is the page taken from this week's edition of The Bookseller magazine, printing the official UK top 50 bestselling books this week.  And there I am, with my novel The Paper Mill Girl in at number 49. It's the first time I've ever been in the bestselling chart and I'm over the moon.


The news was picked up by my local newspaper, The Sunderland EchoYou can read the whole story here.


The amazing news was also picked up and reported in the MyNews magazine in Hertforshire, which is the area where I did a lot of the research for the book at Frogmore Mill, the world's first mechanised paper mill. You can read the full story here.


This week included World Book Night and in honour of the occasion I'm running a competition for you to win two signed copies of The Paper Mill Girl - one for you and one for a friend. It's running on my Facebook page until Sunday 25 April at 12 noon. Enter here!


Also this week I received the book cover for my debut cosy crime, Murder at the Seaview Hotel. It's about 12 Elvis impersonators (Twelvis), one is murdered and has his blue suede shoes stolen. Hotel landlady Helen Dexter and her trusty rescue greyhound Suki are on the case to solve the murder.  It's out in e-book, hardback, audio in Aug, paperback Nov.  What do you think of the cover? I LOVE it!


I even made a (very!) short video to whet your appetite for the book and you can view it below.


While I was making my very short videos, I also created one to tease you for the release of my next saga, The Miner's Lass and you can watch it below:


I've been plotting and planning my second cosy crime novel, and am ready to start writing it next week. Gulp.  That's my summer planned out, see you on the other side!


This week I ventured out to a community library called Back on the Map. It's in Hendon, Sunderland, and community libraries really are proving to be the lifeline to communities, now more than ever. I donated three of my novels in large print, one in audiobook and two in paperback. 


On a bike ride this week I cycled past the National Glass Centre on the riverside in Sunderland and was over the moon to see my novels displayed in the window of the glass centre shop. The shop is currently open Fridays and Saturdays from 10am to 4pm.


I crafted another episode of my weekly soap opera Riverside for The People's Friend magazine. I've been writing Riverside weekly since 2016 and you can find out all about it here.


I also kept the Coronation Street Blog ticking over with news and editing the team of 16 bloggers. 


See you next week!

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Glenda Young
Author of Sagas & Cosy Crime novels, published by Headline


Twitter: @Flaming_Nora
Facebook: GlendaYoungAuthor

Thursday, April 22, 2021

Video trailer - The Miner's Lass


A little video I've made to whet your appetite for my next historical saga, The Miner's Lass.

It's out in May in hardback, Kindle, ebook and audiobook > http://bit.ly/TheMinersLass
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Glenda Young
Author of Sagas & Cosy Crime novels, published by Headline



Twitter: @Flaming_Nora
Facebook: GlendaYoungAuthor

Video trailer - Murder at the Seaview Hotel



A little video I've made to whet your appetite for my cosy crime debut, Murder at the Seaview Hotel.

Put your sound on, shake your hip and set your top lip to full quiver before you watch it.

It's out in August in hardback, Kindle, ebook and audiobook > http://bit.ly/MurderAtTheSeaviewHotel

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Glenda Young

Author of Sagas & Cosy Crime novels, published by Headline



Twitter: @Flaming_Nora
Facebook: GlendaYoungAuthor

Wednesday, April 21, 2021

Cover Reveal - Murder at the Seaview Hotel


Very pleased indeed to reveal the cover of my debut cosy crime, Murder at the Seaview Hotel. It's on sale in ebook, hardback and audiobook in August this year and in paperback in November. 

It's about a group of 12 Elvis impersonators (Twelvis) and one of them is murdered and his blue suede shoes stolen. Hotel landlady Helen Dexter and her rescue greyhound Suki are on the case to solve the murder!


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Glenda Young
Author of Sagas & Cosy Crime novels, published by Headline


Twitter: @Flaming_Nora
Facebook: GlendaYoungAuthor

Tuesday, April 20, 2021

TOP 50: New book featuring Frogmore Paper Mill in Apsley reaches bestsellers list


News of my novel The Paper Mill Girl breaking into the official UK top 50 bestsellers chart has made its way south to Hertfordshire.  

This is the area where I researched a lot of the book, in the world's first mechanised paper mill, Frogmore Mill.  

Sunday, April 18, 2021

Sunderland author breaks into UK Top 50 bestsellers list with Ryhope-set saga



I'm eternally grateful to the Sunderland Echo, my local newspaper, for all their support. 

They've picked up on the news that my latest novel The Paper Mill Girl has made its way into the official UK Top 50 bestsellers chart. 


Thank you, Sunderland Echo.
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Glenda Young
Author of Sagas & Cosy Crime novels, published by Headline


Twitter: @Flaming_Nora
Facebook: GlendaYoungAuthor

Saturday, April 17, 2021

The Paper Mill Girl in the Official UK Top 50 Bestselling Books


I still can't quite believe this, but there it is, in black and white (and pink and yellow, courtesy of me!). 

This is the page taken from this week's edition of The Bookseller magazine, printing the official UK top 50 bestselling books this week.  

And there I am, with my novel The Paper Mill Girl in at number 49.

It's the first time I've ever been in the bestselling chart and I'm over the moon.

Friday, April 16, 2021

Bestseller, Fairytales and Writer of the Week - my writing week


The big - nay, huge! - news this week is that my novel The Paper Mill Girl made it into the official UK top 50 bestseller list.  She's only just in there, debuting at number 49, but it's a huge milestone for me and my writing, the first time I've ever been in the main bestseller list. What an achievement for my little book!


Elsewhere this week I've been putting the final touches to the preparation for my second cosy crime set in Scarborough.  I've tested all of my research, character profiles, story arcs and plot against this great book called Wired for Story. I use it each time I write and before I begin planning my chapters. That's the next job which I'll do next week before I start writing at the end of this month. It's going to be a fun summer of writing my second cosy crime.


The second cosy crime will be called Set for Murder at the Seaview Hotel and features sleuth Helen Dexter, landlady of the Seaview hotel, with her trusty rescue greyhound Suki.  I've been finding out more about greyhounds to bring Suki to life even more in this book and went for a walk with a lady who rescues greyhounds.  That's me on the left in the purple coat and lilac hat.


Also this week I was Writer of the Week at The People's Friend magazine website. What a treat!  I talk about writing my weekly soap opera Riverside for the magazine each week and a little about my writing routine when I'm writing novels.  You can read it all here.


I also has a magical, contemporary, fairytale short story called Wishful Thinking published in The People's Friend magazine this week. It's a story which I wrote during last year's lockdown. You can find out all about it here.


I crafted another episode of my weekly soap opera Riverside for The People's Friend magazine. I've been writing Riverside weekly since 2016 and you can find out all about it here.


I also kept the Coronation Street Blog ticking over with news and editing the team of 16 bloggers. 


See you next week!


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Glenda Young
Author of Sagas & Cosy Crime novels, published by Headline


Twitter: @Flaming_Nora
Facebook: GlendaYoungAuthor

Wednesday, April 14, 2021

Short Story, Wishful Thinking in The People's Friend magazine



I've a fun short story called Wishful Thinking, in The People's Friend magazine, in the shops today. 

It's a modern twist on a fairytale where a working, single mum is granted three wishes by her best friend. 

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Glenda Young
Author of Sagas & Cosy Crime novels, published by Headline


Twitter: @Flaming_Nora
Facebook: GlendaYoungAuthor
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